Sunday, December 23, 2012

My Calling Statement

This world is a very brutal place. Sin has taken hold of the hearts of men since the beginning of all time. Although we all deserve death as perfect justice for our sin, we have a God that is glorified in His love for us. That is why he sent his son Jesus Christ to pay the ultimate price for the debt that we as men incurred. For that, to Him, we owe it all- heart, soul and mind (Matthew 22:37-40).

     I am going into ministry for a few reasons. Let me tell you why: I drive to church on Sunday mornings and see Range Rovers, BMW's, Lexus sport cars, nice clothes, shiny diamond rings and the worlds most expensive cell phones. Nothing wrong with any of those things in themselves of course, but a lot of the people who have those things, bat an eye at showing compassion and mercy to those in need. They also go about their daily lives Sunday afternoon to Saturday night pretending as if "church" is just a place or activity. They show no mercy or compassion to people of less fortune, the homeless, people who have made mistakes, people who are scum, dirty, smelly, disabled- people who Jesus made it His life mission to heal, spend time with, teach and minister to.

    That’s why I want to go into ministry. I have witnessed first hand little compassion and little mercy in my own life, and in the lives of those around me- from the world and also within the church. Also, the Church has become a harlot with culture and is so consumed with money, pleasure, possessions, jobs and sports that the church, particularly in America, has lost complete sight of what it really means to be a church- the body of Christ. As the Casting Crowns song goes, I want to show the world that we are the body, and our arms will reach, our hands will heal, our words will teach, our feet will go, and His love will show that there is indeed a way.

    I want to spend to the rest of my life, Lord willing, separating the church from culture, so that the church can affect culture, and thus build- a Culture for Christ, not just locally, but as Acts 1:8 says, "to the ends of the earth."

    I want to prepare myself for this calling in ministry through His grace by actively doing these three things: loving the Lord God with all my heart, mind and soul, loving others as myself (Matthew 22:37-40), and making disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19-20). I do not know the time when the Lord will call me to pastor a church, which is my ultimate desire, but until that time, I will study, walk with and learn from my Adonai (Master and Lord) Jesus Christ, so as to proclaim his Glory to the world!